• Q: What are my obligations as a faculty member teaching a QEP course?
    Q: What are my obligations as a faculty member teaching a QEP course?

    A: You must assign at least one writing assignment in your course and score it using the QEP rubric that your department has developed for this course. You will enter the students’ 917 numbers and their scores into the QEP score-reporting spreadsheet for each QEP course, which you will then submit to your department chair or assessment coordinator, and to QEP Director Nadya Williams (nwilliam@westga.edu).

  • Q: Does the QEP assignment have to be part of the grade for my course?
    Q: Does the QEP assignment have to be part of the grade for my course?

    A: No! YOU decide how to grade assignments for your course. You must score the QEP assignment according to the rubric, but you don’t have to factor it into the course grade.

  • Q: When in the semester should I place the QEP assignment in my course?
    Q: When in the semester should I place the QEP assignment in my course?

    A: This is up to departments and instructors to decide, with the caveat that all sections of the same course must use a comparable assignment for QEP assessment, and should ideally place it at the same point in the semester. Some departments have chosen to use the final paper of the semester for QEP assessment, while others do a pre and post assessment, using the latter for QEP assessment. Talk to your department’s QEP representative (listed in the QEP Handbook) about the department’s chosen placement of the assignment.

  • Q: If a department makes any changes to their version of the QEP rubric, do these need to be approved before implementation? If so, by whom?
    Q: If a department makes any changes to their version of the QEP rubric, do these need to be approved before implementation? If so, by whom?

    A: Yes! All changes to a QEP rubric need to be reported for review and approval by QEP Fellow Laura Beasley (lbeasley@westga.edu) and Director Nadya Williams (nwilliam@westga.edu).

  • Q: How do the QEP and reporting the scores actually turn into improved writing?
    Q: How do the QEP and reporting the scores actually turn into improved writing?

    A: Effective Fall 2015, all students will take at least one QEP course in each area of the core. Thus students will be writing more than they have before, and in a greater variety of subjects—from English to the sciences, art, music, political science, and even foreign languages! We will be tracking the students by 917 numbers as they go through the core and beyond, and thus will be able to see if their scores on QEP assignments go up. Finally, we will assess students’ capstone assignments in their senior year in order to gauge the level of progress from the first semester of college to the last.

  • Q: Will departments be held accountable for low scores on QEP assignments?
    Q: Will departments be held accountable for low scores on QEP assignments?

    A: All SACSCOC requires us to do is to put in a good-faith effort, and demonstrate through QEP assessment that we are working hard to improve student writing. We hope that our work as a university will result in improved scores over time on QEP assignments, but at the same time, we understand that this is a work in progress. Regardless of whether their scores are low or high, all departments should strive for continuous improvement, and continually assess the work that they are doing.

  • Q: Where can I find help and resources for my QEP course?
    Q: Where can I find help and resources for my QEP course?

    A: You can contact your department’s QEP representative for guidance on how faculty are handling various aspects of the QEP assignment. Also, the Center for Teaching & Learning is here to help you! We are available by appointment for one-on-on and department training and discussions about norming, grading, and reporting.

  • Q: Are there resources to which I can direct my students?
    Q: Are there resources to which I can direct my students?

    A: Yes! The University Writing Center is always happy to help. Also, all students in QEP courses now have access to Smarthinking, an online tutoring service.

  • Q: Who in my department represents us on a university-level QEP Implementation Committee?
    Q: Who in my department represents us on a university-level QEP Implementation Committee?

    A: Every department that teaches QEP courses has a representative to the committee. In addition, since the QEP is supposed to involve the entire campus, each college on campus has a representative to the committee, even if it does not offer QEP courses. (Refer to the QEP Handbook.)

  • Q: What do I need to tell my students about the QEP?
    Q: What do I need to tell my students about the QEP?

    A: Because SACS will be interviewing students about their understanding of UWG’s QEP, we should ensure that we are transparent about the plan with our students. Aside from talking with your class about the details of the writing assignment (including expectations, requirements, and assessment), you must include the following statement in your syllabus:

    "Clear written communication is important in all disciplines, and increasingly employers are expecting college graduates to be good writers. That’s one reason why UWG is focusing on improving undergraduate writing across the core. When you hear about the QEP—UWG’s Quality Enhancement Plan—know that what your peers and professors are talking about is WRITING, because we are committed to giving you opportunities across your core curriculum to improve the quality of your writing. Want to know more? Visit the QEP website at http://www.westga.edu/qep/."

  • Q: What should I do with my scores for the QEP assignment? When?
    Q: What should I do with my scores for the QEP assignment? When?

    A: For each section, enter the enrolled students’ scores into the latest version of the reporting template (emailed to you early in the semester and also available via the QEP webpage) along with their 917 numbers. The report has clear instructions for doing so. Then, submit that report as a .csv file to your department’s QEP representative. The deadline for submitting your report(s) to your department’s QEP representative is three days after the deadline for submitting grades to the Registrar’s office.